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stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:06 pm
by ClassicHasClass
It seemed like a good idea at the time.

http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3237

I'll see if I can get that HP build of Firefox 3.5 working on it, though.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:13 am
by Shiunbird
wow, I've heard of IE for UNIX, but always thought of it as an unicorn

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:21 am
by commodorejohn
I had totally forgotten that was a thing that existed.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:36 am
by ClassicHasClass
It's around. I forget where I found it. Allegedly there is a SPARC version, but I only have the PA-RISC release. It also comes with Outlook Express. It seems to be a true Trident layout engine, not the Tasman engine that IE5 for Mac uses (which I rather liked back in the day).

There is supposedly a Service Pack for it I haven't found yet that fixes bugs and adds 128-bit encryption (5.01 SP1).

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:41 pm
by foetz
ClassicHasClass wrote:Allegedly there is a SPARC version

indeed, i used it a couple of times back then and it was awful :P

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:07 pm
by jpstewart
foetz wrote:
ClassicHasClass wrote:Allegedly there is a SPARC version

indeed, i used it a couple of times back then and it was awful :P

I've got the SPARC version of IE here, although I've never actually gotten it to run. (That was possibly just a corrupted download.) I view it as a novelty more than anything actually useful. From what foetz says, that was the case back in the day, too!

I've never seen the HP-UX version in action until today. Thanks for sharing the pics. Especially since they're of a PA-RISC laptop! Rare hardware running rare software is as good as it gets.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:23 pm
by ClassicHasClass
To be sure, if you've used one RDI/Tadpole of that era, you've really used them all. From the front my SparcBook and PrecisionBook are almost indistinguishable. I'm sure the AlphaBook (which I still need to find one of) is no different. But the power supplies, maddeningly, are all different.

I do have an SAIC Galaxy 1100: http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2580

However, it arrived somewhat damaged, and although I attempted to repair it with a replacement board and soldering on the new rework for the ports, it never lived. It's in pieces in storage until I figure out what to do with it. :(

At least on this machine, it's not bad -- it's certainly better than Netscape, and even though it's just a 160MHz PA-7300LC, essentially a C160L in a laptop case, it runs it quite well.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:30 pm
by pip
MS used MainSoft's MainWin porting tool to port the normal Windows IE, so it should work exactly the same. I tried the SPARC one way back when, I seem to remember finding a fake C drive hierarchy in IE's settings directory (like what Wine creates)

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:29 am
by ClassicHasClass
I stumbled on the PA-RISC SP1, by dumb coincidence, while looking for another old browser. The binary looks valid, so I'll try it when I have the laptop out again.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:11 pm
by vishnu
ClassicHasClass wrote:I do have an SAIC Galaxy 1100: http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2580


SAIC is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an anachronism. Other than that they're an alright company... :P

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:29 am
by jan-jaap
foetz wrote:indeed, i used it a couple of times back then and it was awful :P

Now there's an understatement :mrgreen:

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:59 am
by kramlq
Sigh... I was briefly the very proud owner of a fairly rare (and quite expensive) maxed out RDI PrecisionBook 180. Sadly, in between me paying for it and it arriving to me, someone at a postal depot in San Francisco seems to have decided they'd prefer to take it instead. The annoying thing is that after taking it, I'd imagine they probably tried to work out how to install Windows Vista/7 on it, failed [what, no built-in CDROM drive!], and then chucked it out.

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:59 am
by Shiunbird
According to Wikipedia, there was a "Windows Media Player for UNIX".
That's something I'd love to see!

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:04 am
by ClassicHasClass
WMP was only on Solaris, I believe. But that's well within reach of folks here.

kramlq, I am envious of your lost 180. This one is only a 160. :(

Re: stupid PA-RISC laptop tricks

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:30 pm
by ClassicHasClass
I put SP1 on it tonight and ... it doesn't seem to make much difference. But hey!